The tornadoes have just recently, in the past 3-4 years been this destructive and frequent. People built lives there for several decades. Can't just pick up and move due to money, jobs, family and friends? And to where? Earthquake prone west coast? Hurricane prone east coast? Disasters can happen anywhere at any time.
Some places are cheap which attract and benefit people who don't have much money. Also some people might just enjoy the area and see the beauty of it. Others however actually enjoy tornadoes and so they move into the areas where it happens most often.
Because people get attached to certain places---for example where they've lived for a while. Would you want to abandon where your family has lived for multiple generations just because a wimpy tornado? Pfffft! Just build an underground bunker or something. Much easier.
Every place has a high rate of some kind of disaster. They simply like where they live. They love the life that they have at that location. Just because they might get hit by a tornado does not mean that it will happen.
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I have family that lives in Tornado Alley. They take it all in stride. When a tornado is coming, they go into the storm cellar. House gets destroyed, they rebuild. It is what they know. They think us living in California are crazy because of earthquakes.
There are earthquakes somewhere in the world every single day, but the vast majority are so small we never feel them. In California, there have only been 3 really destructive quakes that caused major damage in the past 150 years or so. Buildings are not destroyed when we have quakes. We do not lose everything we ever had when there is a quake. A quake lasts less than one minute, usually less then 30 seconds. I'll take my chances with a quake rather than a tornado any day....and I do.